When we hold our infants in our arms we are filled with awe and hope for the future. We envision a life of promises fulfilled. We never picture them feeding us, holding our hand to keep us from falling, or changing our underthings. I couldn’t type the word diapers. The thought of losing my dignity to such a degree is truly fearsome. In my mind I hear the words, “It’s enough to scare the pants off me.” The irony makes me shudder and chuckle at the same time.
The caregiver and the cared for locked in a fearsome intimacy. I don’t know where the quote came from. If I did I would give credit here. What I do know is those five simple words speak a devastating truth.